Photo A Day – November 20: Work/Play #FMSphotoaday

I AM very fortunate to be a youth worker, which means often when I’m working, I also get to play! Working with young people aged 13-25 helps keep me young. This is the rainbow umbrella I use to lead my LGBT youth group in the Liverpool Pride march each year. It is a highlight of the year – although a… Read more »

Photo A Day – November 19: Something awesome #FMSphotoaday

As I returned to Liverpool on the train this afternoon after delivering anti-bullying workshops on behalf of the Michael Causer Foundation in the area where Michael was from, I looked through the rain-speckled window to see what must have been the widest rainbow I have ever seen. Sadly, as I had been out since early morning, my mobile phone battery… Read more »

Photo A Day – November 18: Happened this weekend #FMSphotoaday

ON THE THIRD Sunday of each month in Liverpool, a church service for LGBT Christians takes place. This month it looks forward to Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) , which takes place on Tuesday. TDOR is commemorated on November 20th each year to remember and bear witness to the lives lost due to transphobia in the past year. This year 265 names… Read more »

Photo A Day – November 17: Last thing I bought #FMSphotoaday

TODAY’S THEME WAS a tricky one – I am not a great shopper and I like to have one day a week when I stay at home and get things done. Today I did not venture out, so the last purchase I made was the flooring we chose for our newly decorated rooms. (I’m not counting the pints of Guinness… Read more »

Photo A Day – November 16: View From the window #FMSphotoaday

It’s 7am and the carpet fitters are due to arrive at 7.30. As I clear the last of the furniture from the room in readiness for their arrival, this is what I can see from the front window of the flat. The light and colour caught my eye – an impressive sky as dawn breaks and the street lights surrender… Read more »

Photo A Day – November 15: In my bag #FMSphotoaday

THREE THINGS go everywhere with me in my satchel – a diary, my phone charger, and perhaps the least interesting yet most useful gift I have ever received. The black leather conference folder was a gift from a former housemate one Christmas – I remember being unimpressed and underwhelmed at the time. What could I possibly want with that? But… Read more »

Photo A Day – November 14: Man-made? #FMSphotoaday

AS IT IS Transgender Awareness Week, it seems appropriate to explore ‘man made’ labels about gender and identity. Meet the Genderbread Person – not an original image of mine but one I find helpful in my work with the UK’s longest running LGBT youth group. I have used this resource with the youth group this week to help them understand how… Read more »

Photo A Day – November 13: Sleep #FMSphotoaday

THIS IS the dream catcher that hangs over the bed where I sleep. Last night it seemed to be faulty. I woke in the early hours, tired after a long day, worried about work and another busy week. Some native American tribes believed dream catchers filter dreams. Fashioned to look like a spider’s web, they were intended to catch any harm… Read more »

Photo A Day – November 12: Drink! #FMSphotoaday

TONIGHT WE HAVE cleared the kitchen to make way for the decorator tomorrow. As I cleared the room I discovered these fine beverages. When we catered the reception for our civil partnership in May, we had wine left over, and received some alcohol as gifts too, so for a while we had an unprecedented and indecent amount of booze in the house!… Read more »

Photo A Day – November 11: Sunday night #FMSphotoaday

SUNDAY NIGHTS have a new routine for me – we usually have a hearty soup and fresh bread, then I retreat to my desk and work on the next chapter of The Artist’s Way, ‘a course in discovering and recovering your creative self”. Author Julia Cameron suggests taking an hour or so to read the next week’s chapter of this… Read more »